What are the most difficult emotions to fake? The answers may surprise you. Unless you said "surprise." Because that's one of them.
On May 19, @BPGlobalPR started sending out messages about the Gulf oil spill to Twitter. The parody account took on the persona of an inept and insensitive public relations pro working at BP-and it viciously skewered BP's messaging attempts from behind a veil of anonymity. Within a week, it ate Twitter.
The writer's identity became the guessing game of the summer, one that I became deeply enmeshed in after a reporter incorrectly wrote that I had outed Twitter provocateur Mike Monteiro as the account's author. (I had not.) Ironically, however, the erroneous story eventually led me to the 26 year-old prankster behind the account who, after [...]
169. He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)
168. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
167. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
166. Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
165. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
164. Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)
163. Money (That's What I Want)
162. (Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice
161. (Just Like) Starting Over
160. (Keep Feeling) Fascination
159. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Last night Paolo Mastrangelo went up to the Borders in the Columbus Circle shops, where Perez Hilton read and spoke before hundreds of fans. 95% were college age; easily 80% were women. Everyone looked like an edgy Gap commercial, which is to say, they all looked really good. There was not a flannel shirt, neon orange backpack or fanny pack in sight. But it wasn't really the outfits that were striking-it was all the smiles and excitement in the room. Perez was behind a podium. He was cheerful, and graciously took questions from all. "What do you think about blogging in relation to journalism?" someone asked. And: "When [...]
It's very likely that you don't live in Los Angeles! So many people don't these days. But it's a fascinating city, and even nonresidents can play along with this Twitter feed of LA history. What I love about it is it tells little stories.